Buenos Aires: Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi was named "Rosario`s ambassador in the world" during a ceremony in his native town, about 300 km from Buenos Aires.
"It`s very nice that tourists come to visit the place where I was born," said 24-year-old Messi, who`s currently visiting Argentina for the Christmas holidays. Messi said "it`s a great pride" to receive this distinction, reports Xinhua.
"I want to thank for this acknowledgement in Rosario, my home, the place where I was born, where my people and my family live and which certainly will be my place of residence when I retire from soccer," he said.
Rosario is currently fighting to host the 2019 Pan-American Games.
He (Major Dhyan Chand) is inspiration personified. He became synonymous with hockey. He became the parameter of hockey by which other player's calibre is measured.
Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal